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Caroline Ceniza-Levine

09.28.2016 |    3,323 |   reply |
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References are a critical part of the hiring process, and I have seen the strength (or weakness) of professional references influence the ultimate hiring decision. You don’t want to scramble last-minute to collect your references when you’re in a job search. First of all, it takes time to track people down and if you wait till you’re in late stages with a company you’ll look disorganized (or worse, be disqualified) if you take too long to submit your references. Secondly, you want to proactively choose the references most relevant to the job you’re going for and have time to prep...


Judy Lytle

09.21.2016 |    3,719 |   reply |
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One can argue that those of us who go into neuroscience do so because we're fascinated with our own neuroses. In fact, several folks have expressed just that to me specifically. So... I guess I should figure out what my neuroses are! My mother was a passionate, fiery individual, and...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

09.14.2016 |    3,533 |   reply |
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Contrary to what many people think, preparing for an interview entails much more than just knowing what you are going to say or even rehearsing ways of selling yourself as a candidate. If you have read the last three blog entries on this series you have probably noticed that most...


Judy Lytle

09.09.2016 |    4,331 |   reply |
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There are tons of articles out there on interview skills. I’d like to throw in my twenty-five cents (inflation). I was a hiring manager for a while, and talked to a lot of job candidates. And I’ve taken those experiences to heart. In fact, since then, I’ve landed every job...


Lamar Blackwell

09.05.2016 |    3,575 |   reply |
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It has been said that the first 90 days are particularly important in making a good impression on your manager.   The closer your skill set matches the job tasks, the easier this will be.  However, there are other things that you can do to get your new job off to...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

08.31.2016 |    4,137 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  Last month, I mentioned that I will talk about the right way to approach, work with, and manage your expectations regarding headhunters, both independent, and their corporate counterparts. We'll start with the right way to approach one. The right way is to do you homework, and find one who specializes...


Judy Lytle

08.29.2016 |    3,526 |   reply |
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So a month or two back, I attended a seminar on winning government contracts. I work for a non-profit research institute, and even though I spent seven years working in the Department of Defense, I thought maybe I could use a refresher. Being in Business Development, it pays to keep...


Michael Salgaller

08.15.2016 |    4,403 |   reply |
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Recently, Genetic Engineering News published a list of what they believe will be the top 10 biotech jobs most in demand over the next decade. For those looking for moving beyond the bench, starting their science career, or just looking for a change, the list proposes where the likeliest landing...


Judy Lytle

07.29.2016 |    3,957 |   reply |
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You’ve spent excessive hours in the lab, but you’ve done it.  You have a widget that will end global warming. Or a hover board that actually works like they do in the movies. Or a cure for cancer. Now what? There are a lot of questions to ask yourself before embarking on...


Sandlin Seguin

07.15.2016 |    4,208 |   reply |
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When I was a graduate student I worked hard, but not quite as hard as I felt like I should work. I often brought home manuscripts I thought I might read before bed, only to take them back to work to read over lunch, and then back home again. I...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

07.11.2016 |    4,365 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone! This month I wanted to speak from some personal experience.  I am part of a facebook group for professional recruiters, and it encompasses all types of recruiters: Internal, third party recruiters ( TPR) and anyone else that works on acquiring talent for companies. Myself, I have been a TPR, and...


Judy Lytle

07.04.2016 |    4,214 |   reply |
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Ok, so the luster of the ivory tower has worn off.  But you spent at least five years getting that degree, and maybe have struggled through your 4th and 5th post-doctoral positions. Now what? Is it time to rock it like a hobo, traveling across the U.S. in search of your...


Sandlin Seguin

07.01.2016 |    4,295 |   reply |
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In the new year, my job title changed from eLearning Specialist to eLearning Developer. My boss delivered this news with some hand waving about internal alignments, and my day to day work hasn’t changed. When I applied for my job as an eLearning Specialist, I wasn’t sure that I would...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

06.27.2016 |    3,744 |   reply |
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In last week’s post, I shared Marketing Tips For Career Changers, but given that career changers will get more traction from Networking (so they can directly tell people their story, rather than hanging out a resume and hoping to get a call), this post focuses on Networking For Career Changers,...


Judy Lytle

06.20.2016 |    4,430 |   reply |
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As you are going through a job search, you inevitably come across a position description for a company that you’d really like to work for.  But the position description isn’t a 100% fit. Or even a 70% fit. Maybe (gasp!) not even a 50% fit. So, should you apply?  What’s the worst...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

06.17.2016 |    3,851 |   reply |
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Hello everyone!  This month, I wanted to focus on something that “SHOULD” go without saying, but I see it enough that I am moved to make it my topic this time around.  I don't know what job seekers are thinking when they do this, but I see everyone from life science gurus...


Christiana Davis

06.13.2016 |    4,369 |   reply |
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Congratulations! Your resume has landed you an interview.  But to authenticate your work history, prospective employers ask for professional references. They want to know the person behind the resume. To help them do this, they either contact the references directly, or they enlist the services of Professional Reference/Background Checking agencies. Some...


Charlene Milliken

06.10.2016 |    3,298 |   reply |
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Over the past several years, the federal government has been moving toward greater collaboration within and between federal programs, departments and agencies as well as with those outside of government from industry, the private sector, academia and nonprofit organizations.   Budget cuts have led to the creation of policies and practices...


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